District of DeBonis: D.C. city government


Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Corporate tax breaks can pay off for D.C.

A look at economic development financing deals show they have worked more often than not.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012

How D.C. Ward 5 is voting so far

The patterns hew, for the most part, to my earlier observations: For votes, go north.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Rogue contractor hangs nonstandard street signs!

Signs on the southwest corner of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue are not an approved design.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Robert Bobb to chair Youth Trust involved in Harry Thomas, Jr. case

The sentencing of Harry Thomas Jr. wasn’t the only recent move in the city’s slow lurch past the scandal. Robert Bobb has been named to chair the trust involved in the case.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:26 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Thomas Jr., Robert Bobb, D.C. city government

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 05/02/2012

D.C. bills dead man’s family $600,000 for care it failed to properly monitor

The city sends a bill for the care of Curtis Suggs, even though a judge ruled it had been negligent and contributed to Suggs’s 2000 death.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:01 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Censure Marion Barry, says former AG Peter Nickles

Peter Nickles said Barry’s comments on Asians require a serious response.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:57 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marion Barry, D.C. city government

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Graham no longer keen on Sunday liquor store sales

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is instead proposing a six-cent-per-drink tax increase.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Jim Graham

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012

D.C. ethics board nominees have been identified, Gray aide says

But council member wants to strip mayor of some power to name board members.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Higher D.C. cab fares might take a while

It could be weeks before all D.C. taxi cabs are charging new, higher fares, city taxi regulators say.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Want a giant D.C. government health care contract?

A D.C. health agency begins the process of rebidding health care business that helped make Jeffrey Thompson a rich man.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeffrey Thompson, D.C. city government

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Taxi sting hero goes to the ballgame

Heretofore, the city had given Leon Swain ”not even a pat on the back” for his service.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Leon Swain, David Catania

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Pete Ross’s riches aren’t just from furniture

Ross has not volunteered to discuss an inheritance from wealthy parents providing him with at least $350,000 a year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Peter Ross

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/29/2012

D.C. Council can’t escape politics of pay raises

Rather than wade into the pay-hike minefield two or three times a decade, council members now have to do so yearly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. council, D.C. city government

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Mayor’s son Carlos Gray once worked for Thompson firm

Carlos Gray is one of several ancillary political figures who have been employed by the embattled businessman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:39 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vincent Gray, D.C. city government

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Harry Thomas Jr. resumes paying D.C. back

Thomas has made a new payment toward his $300,000 settlement over diverting taxpayer funds to his own bank account.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:31 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Thomas Jr., D.C. city government, D.C. Council

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Tom Brown moves to unite Ward 7 opposition

A rally today featured D.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO and AFL-CIO Metro Labor Council president.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Bowser wants halt to new ‘red top’ parking meters

The Ward 4 council member is displeased with a recent change to how the city treats parking for disabled drivers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parking, D.C. city government, Muriel Bowser, Disabled

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Harriet Tregoning and the ‘fly-by-our-pants city of doom’

There are some fascinating political tidbits in Washington City Paper’s profile of the city planning director.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Vincent Gray addresses federal raids, investigation

The mayor reiterated he had no knowledge of illicit campaign activities, including the use of money orders and cash.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vincent Gray. D.C. city government

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Gray says revenue projection is ‘unrealistically low’

In an unusual and possibly unprecedented move, the mayor pushed back on the independent CFO’s revenue numbers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. city government, Vincent Gray, Natwar Gandhi